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What Did Freud Really Teach Us?

When people think about counselling, what often comes to mind is Freud. Usually, when people think about Freud, they think about his crazy ideas of sex. Surprisingly, Freud has a lot to teach us.
One of Freud’s most important contributions to...

The Inner-Critic

 
Many of us have a little voice in our head with a running commentary of our lives. “I have to pick up the dry-cleaning today,” “I wonder what the weather is like.” “Ugh – I missed the turn.” This inner...

What is Therapy?

I often come across people who have never been to therapy and/or they are not aware of the process which makes therapy work. The reason for therapy can vary based on individual clients’ goals and needs. For example, for someone...

Riding the Wave

We all experience periods in our life where we do not feel at our best. Some of us experience it more than others, and some of the experiences can be more or less severe. Here are a few tips to...

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy

 
I recently completed the two-year training for Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Of all approaches I’ve been trained in thus far, this one resonates most closely with me. A review of the five underlying principles may give you a sense of...

Is Your Guilt True or False?

Throughout our life and interactions with others we have difficult emotions that arise. One of these most difficult emotions is guilt. At times, we use guilt to motivate us. We use statements such as ‘I should do better”, “I should...

Metamorphosis

There are stages of change that an insect goes through as it matures. This change process is called Metamorphosis. First an egg is formed.  Then, with just the right temperature and environment, larva hatches from the egg. Once the larva...

Understanding Anger

George was on his 10th year of working at a law firm.  He devoted his life, neglected relationships, and sometimes missed out on significant moments with his family all so that one day he could become a partner at this...

Anger Awareness

­Anger is a natural and normal feeling or emotion that everyone is capable of feeling. Anger is a natural, adaptive response to perceived threats and it can inspire powerful feelings and behaviours that allow us to defend ourselves. A certain...

Emotions as Signals: What are They Signaling to You?

Most people will say that there are positive and negative emotions. Some emotions make us feel happy and more positive, and some emotions bring on distressing feelings. However, all emotions are normal parts of the human experience. When we put...